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The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Chinese: 萬佛寺; pinyin: wàn fó sì; Jyutping: maan6 fat6 zi6) is a mid-20th century Buddhist temple located in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, at 220 Pai Tau Village. Its designation as a monastery is actually a misnomer because there are no monks residing at the complex, which is managed solely by laypersons. Both the main temple building and the pagoda are listed as Grade III historic buildings by the Government of Hong Kong. Groundbreaking and construction of the temple began in 1951 under Yuet Kai and his followers, and the structure was finished six years later. It closed for three years at the end of the 20th century after one of its caretakers was killed in a mudslide caused by poorly-maintained slopes nearby. The main journey up to the monastery is an attraction itself, as the path is lined on both sides with golden Buddhas, each unique and in different poses. Despite the common translation of its name, the monastery actually contains nearly 13,000 Buddha statues.
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a month ago
Literally, 10,000 Buddha statues of all sizes on display from the foot of the mountain trail to the walls and ceiling of the beautiful temple above. The walk is not too difficult. Young children and old people can do it. Maybe 10 minutes to reach the top. You can take your time and enjoy the view or take pictures of all of the unique statues along the way. The temple is gorgeous but photos are not allowed inside. Watch for monkeys along the path and be aware of the signs warning of fake monks seeking alms. The entrance path is not marked by signs. Use Google Maps to walk you to the bottom of the path. When you see the golden Buddha statues, you've found it!
3 months ago
One of my favourite in Hong Kong! It is a unique experience - climbing over 500 steps and you are surrounded by golden Buddhas in different forms. The temple itself is wonderful - there are actually at least 10,000 Buddhas. We got to the Sha Tin station and took exit B - the temple is a quick 5 minute walk. Google Maps says take Exit A4 - we could not find such an exit. No admission fees. Highly Recommended!
2 months ago
A remarkable "must see" place to visit. The walk to the top is not nearly as challenging as it sounds. The statues that lead up the path are each individual in their appearance. The views of the surrounding hills are lovely. There is a vegetarian restaurant on site, but it's hours are limited. Visitors include tourists and Buddhist practitioners who light and place incense in front of different altars.
5 months ago
Not one for hot weather days but well worth seeing. The climb up to the monastery is not difficult, around 10 minutes for reasonably fit individuals, perhaps 20 minutes if one stops for photo taking and the odd breather. But I would not recommend it for a summer excursion unless one does it in the early morning or late afternoon. Being accompanied by the gilded statues and occasional monkey keeps things interesting. Great views at the top and the monastery compound is lovely.
3 months ago
Most excellent monastery. A little bit of a hike to get up, but the road is lined with statues of monks dipped in gold, so nice view, but be in shape or expect to take your time! The surrounding mountains are beautiful, very lush and green. Can be crowded and most do not over the "quiet" rule particularly the kids. Beware of wild money's that are aggressive and will take your food. There is a vegetarian restaurant at the top that looks like it has excellent fare but I did not partake because I had already eaten.